Obama: Israeli settlements hinder chance of deal with Palestinians
U.S. President Obama meets Palestinian President Abbas in Ramallah, day after holding first round of talks with Israeli PM Netanyahu in Jerusalem; says goal is viable and sovereign Palestinian state alongside secure Jewish State of Israel.
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that settlement building in the West Bank did not "advance the cause of peace," but stopped short of demanding a construction freeze to enable negotiations to resume.
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